stork-with-baby-clip-art-207235Last week Katherine, our Volunteer Development Officer, headed off on maternity leave (we’ll keep you posted when we hear any news) and we welcomed Sarah Burgess as her maternity cover. We caught up with Sarah to find out a wee bit more about her and her thoughts on the new job…

“I’m Sarah and I’ve just joined DRCET as Volunteer Development Officer, covering Katherine’s maternity leave.  I’m new to Glasgow having moved here 3 weeks ago after living in Dublin for 7 years where I was working in a local volunteer centre, promoting and supporting volunteering.”

“I’m passionate about volunteering and am excited to be working here at DRCET;  whilst I’ve been involved in volunteering, either personally or professionally for a very long time now, it has been a while since I’ve either been on a bike or done any practical conservation or gardening so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the various DRCET projects.”

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CyclePath_NatureThanks to Alasdair, one of the Sustrans Scotland volunteers, for sending us this wee report on the recent bird walk that took place in Yoker…

“The walk was very enjoyable and the combination of a great summer day and a well informed ornithologist was outstanding.

“Because of the heavy leaf cover, spotting birds, particularly small ones is very difficult in summer, so most of our tracking was heavily dependent on song recognition. We covered from Dock St to Kelso St and then returned to Dock St along the river bank and then along the fence of Rothesay Dock; about 1 km out and the same back.

NCN-Green-ENG-250x250“We noted 22 species, and, eventually saw at least one specimen of each. The list is : wren, willow warbler (a first for me), blue tit, wood pigeon, feral pigeon, greenfinch, goldfinch, dunnock, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, lesser black backed gull, mallard, blackbird, swallow, whitethroat (would have been a first sighting for me, but I didn’t), sand martin, house sparrow, great tit, robin, blackcap (another first), chiffchaff

“The only others I might have expected to see were chaffinch, long-tailed tit and coal tit and, possibly, pied wagtail. There are usually mute swans at Renfrew Ferry, and black headed gulls and cormorants are regulars there, too.”

glasgow-walkingAs part of the Glasgow Future City project two new apps for smartphones have been launched – one for walking and one for cycling. Both apps are available to download from Google PlayStore and Apple iStore and more information is available on the OPEN Glasgow website.

Glasgow Walking – Find a side to Glasgow you might not know. We’ve mapped a variety of guided walks all around the city that reveal the stories and fabric of the city to help you discover Glasgow all over again.

Apple-GooglePlay-LOGOS-361484Glasgow Cycling – Become a bigger part of cycling in Glasgow. By using Glasgow Cycling and sharing your route and time information anonymously we can help shape cycling decisions based on how you cycle Glasgow. We’ve also mapped useful knowledge such as bike stations and repair shops to help make your journeys as seamless as possible.

Part of the £24m Technology Strategy Board-funded Future City Glasgow programme OPEN Glasgow is your gateway to rediscover and connect with your city. By making data easily accessible to all, OPEN Glasgow creates a level playing field for people to build, develop or simply play on.

DogsTrust-ChipYourDogGHA are hosting a FREE dog chipping event from 10am to 2pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July at 30 Kingsway Court.

Qualified veterinary staff from the Dogs Trust will be on hand to do the chipping. A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

GHA-logoThere will also be information stalls at the event from various community initiatives including Scotstoun Community Council, Kingsway Court Health and Wellbeing Centre and DRCET will also be along chatting to people about the work that we do – we will also be doing FREE Dr Bike checks on Tuesday 14 July! So why not pop along and say hello!

The dog chipping is in preparation for compulsory micro-chipping which will come into force from April 2016.

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MyPark_LogoMyParkScotland has been delighted to accept an invitation from Architecture+Design Scotland for an exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The MyParkScotland exhibition will be on the second floor of The Lighthouse, outside the A+DS offices and will run until Sunday 2 August 2015.

The exhibition celebrates the wonderful diversity of Scotland’s parks and highlights how they make a difference to our lives and communities.  Many of us have treasured memories of days out in the park and so we’re encouraging visitors to share their memories, stories, pictures and ideas.

MyParkScotland which provides a new way to discover and support parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow (and we’re looking to extend to other areas) so the exhibition is a great way to find out more about this exciting project.

Please pop in and take a look – and please share your park stories and ideas.

RSPB_GardenFestGlasgow Wildlife Garden Festival returns from Wednesday 1 to Friday 31 July with worm charming, photography workshops, a city-wide bioblitz, and much more! The Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival has launched its programme for 2015, offering over 70 exciting events at sites around the city.

Now in its second year, the festival is a collaborative effort between RSPB Scotland, Glasgow City Council, community groups and community gardens, encouraging everyone to explore Glasgow’s green spaces and create more homes for nature.

More information is on the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival website. Leaflets can be picked up from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and Halfpenny Bridge House. For more information you can contact, tweet @RSPBGlasgow and #glasgowwildfest or phone 0141 331 0993.

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LINKES_2014_LINKES-smoothiesLINKES will be holding their Summer Family Fun Day on Saturday 11 July from 1pm to 4pm. The event will take place in fron the Lincoln Avenue flats in Knightswood.

There will be lots of fun activities including a climbing wall, bouncy castles, face painting and much more!

We’ll be along with free Dr Bike checks and our pedal powered smoothies. It is free to attend. Come along and join in the fun!

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Welcome to DRCET!! We deliver a wide range of environmental projects and services across the West of Glasgow and beyond.

We work to protect and enhance the local environment and to increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities.

Read on to find out more about what we do and - get active, get involved and make a difference!

De'ils On Wheels Community Bicycle Workshop

Community Bike Workshop

Contact Details

Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@

De'ils On Wheels
Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@

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Legal stuff

DRCET is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown above.

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